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Nonprofit ensures no dog suffers

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Cindy Ladd, of Monroe, with Scarlett and Stella, bottom right, at Wiggly Field in Monroe. Scarlett, a 6-year-old Australian and German Shepherd mix that hopped on top of the tube, came to Cindy and John Ladd from Beck’s Place, a countywide foster program for pets that is based in Monroe. Stella, who is a Catahoula leopard dog mix, is the Ladd’s pet. Before being fostered, Scarlett was living with her owner’s family in a car, Ladd said. ”When the family gets on its feet we will return Scarlett to her home,” she said.

MONROE — Whether a pet owner needs time for hospitalization, time to regroup, or time to heal, the foster dog organization Beck's Place is here to help take care of their pets while the owner needs to step away.

Snohomish High School assault has students seeking truth

SNOHOMISH — Students angered by the belief Snohomish High School is burying an on-campus sexual assault from Monday, Oct. 18 led a protest the morning of Friday, Oct. 22 seeking to put this incident, and past assaults, into the spotlight. The mother explains what happened to her daughter.

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Snohomish mayoral candidates answer questions

SNOHOMISH — The final countdown is on for who will be mayor of Snohomish come spring.
Incumbent Mayor John Kartak faces City Council President Linda Redmon for the job of leading the city for the next four years. The Tribune asked the candidates four questions.

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Open seat has Zimmerman, Flynn seeking Snohomish council

SNOHOMISH — An open seat on council has Kari Zimmerman and David Flynn making their first runs for City Council as challengers for Council Position 5. The Tribune asked the candidates five questions.

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Two longtime Snohomish council members, Dana and Guzak, facing off for council seat

SNOHOMISH — A duel for City Council Position 7 has incumbent Councilman Steve Dana up against former Councilwoman Karen Guzak. Both carry 12 years of council experience. Both have been Snohomish’s mayor-in-title when the city government operated as a “weak mayor” city. The Tribune asked both candidates questions.

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Hike of the Month:
Peek-a-boo Lake (off of Mountain Loop Highway)

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Sitting in a peaceful little cirque on a ridge high above the Sauk River is pretty little Peek-a-boo Lake. Give this hike in the Darrington area a try and be pleased with completing the journey by reaching a placid lake.

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Snohomish eyes housing on part of 10-acre Ludwig Road park

SNOHOMISH — The city is proposing to allow multi-family housing on a portion of Homestead Park off of Ludwig Road. The site could be used to encourage affordable housing. Also, the Kla Ha Ya Village shopping plaza seeks to expand its footprint.

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Snohomish Council Pos. 6: Countryman vs. Burke

SNOHOMISH — City Councilman Larry Countryman wants another four-year term, while challenger Lea Anne Burke wants her shot at helping govern the city. The Tribune asked the candidates five questions.

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Snohomish Council Pos. 4: Tom Merrill vs. Brian Mills

SNOHOMISH — In the race for City Council position No. 4, two retirees, Tom Merrill and Brian Mills, seek to help guide Snohomish’s future. The Tribune asked the candidates five questions.

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Tour the frights of the Riverside Neighborhood

EVERETT — Every year, the Riverside Neighborhood goes above and beyond with Halloween decorations.

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In Everett’s Council District 1, candidates diverge in few areas

EVERETT — The shakeup on City Council that turned five at-large seats into council districts has one incumbent and one challenger running in District 1, which covers northernmost Everett. The race is between Paul Roberts and Mary Fosse. The Tribune asked the candidates questions.

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Everett council District 2 represents midtown, downtown

EVERETT — The council district system being introduced this year has two candidates running for District No. 2: Greg Lineberry and Paula Rhyne. The district’s map covers much of midtown Everett, including the downtown core, and the Lowell, Port Gardner, Glacier View and South Forest Park neighborhoods. The Tribune asked the candidates questions.

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Prepare yourself for Snohomish’s annual Zombie Walk

SNOHOMISH — All zombies and ghouls are invited to gather Saturday,
Oct. 30 to help in the fight to end hunger throughout the community by participating in the 8th Annual Snohomish Zombie Walk.

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Monroe PD’s domestic violence advocate provides bilingual one-on-one support

MONROE — The Monroe Police Department's domestic violence advocate handles every police case where DV is suspected. Her role as supporter, adviser and aide can mean a huge difference for a domestic violence survivor. A look at what resources the advocate brings through Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County.

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Tribune wins journalism awards

Tribune editor Michael Whitney took two first-place awards in the annual 2021 Washington Newspaper Publishers Association statewide contest.
One was in the general short feature reporting category for an April 2020 cover story highlighting Zion Lutheran Church’s large renovation.
The other was in the business feature reporting category for an April 2020 story about Piccadilly Circus Pub on Snohomish’s First Street.
The competition group was for community newspapers statewide with more than 9,500 circulation. The Kentucky Press Association judged the contest. The results were announced Friday, Oct. 8.

Snohomish Regional Fire district’s Prop. 1 seeks levy bump

Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue is asking voters to reset the levy rate to $1.50 per $1,000 in assessed property value for one year. On the ballot, it’s Fire Proposition No. 1. Ballots begin arriving in mailboxes this week.
The district is asking to put the levy back to $1.50 because it says call volumes are up 10% compared to 2020, and expenses are inflating beyond the pace of its revenues.

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Snohomish school board race between Ballas, Ridges

SNOHOMISH — A Snohomish School board election has incumbent Shaunna Ballas running for re-election against challenger Christina Ridges. 
Election ballots begin arriving in mailboxes this week.

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Fire District 4 board candidates both emphasize service

NOHOMISH — Fire District 4’s longest-serving commissioner is being challenged for re-election by a resident who’s spent years studying the district.

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Snohomish council to consider sales tax toward affordable housing

SNOHOMISH — The City Council last week asked city staff to bring back details for creating a City of Snohomish-specific affordable housing sales tax to aid in encouraging affordable housing within Snohomish.

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Council majority declines to sign police reform letter

SNOHOMISH — A City Council majority on Tuesday, Oct. 5 informally rejected a request from Mayor John Kartak to send a letter on behalf of Snohomish that requests Gov. Jay Inslee to call state Legislators into a special session to develop clearer guidance for the state’s police reform laws and to push state Attorney General Bob Ferguson to release model policy guidelines for police sooner.

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Man crushed by tractor accident getting help

MONROE — The community is stepping up for a Monroe man who was crushed in an accident while clearing land. A fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 22.

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Snohomish mayoral salary talks halted by impasse

SNOHOMISH — A discussion on changing the mayor’s salary died last week because of a split-up among council members on how to proceed with adjusting it.

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Potential future Everett Pallet Shelter sites revealed

EVERETT — The Everett Gospel Mission plans to add 10 more Pallet shelters to give temporary space for people experiencing chronic homelessness, and Faith Lutheran Church on Cady Road also plans to add a small group of Pallet shelters, a city official said.

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Monroe school district races could reshape board

MONROE — The Monroe School board elections are beginning soon and each candidate brings something to the table.

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Countryman clears up his property issues

SNOHOMISH — City Council member Larry Countryman obtained a certificate of occupancy for his 614 Maple Ave. duplex after an outcry from citizen watchdogs.

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Franklin releases 2022 budget, to ask voters for property tax lid lift next year

EVERETT — Mayor Cassie Franklin’s $446.5 million 2022 budget proposal continues to take novel approaches toward keeping the budget balanced, and adds to specific focuses on climate change, homelessness and equity. But to keep city finances sustainable, Franklin will be seeking a city ballot measure next year to increase property taxes more than usual.
The budget also adds resources for addressing homelessness and benefitting the library.

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Homebuilder's request denied for E. Monroe land

MONROE — The City Council last week declined a homebuilder’s request to get a foot in the door for its proposal to build a housing development on the East Monroe site off of U.S. 2.
The council voted 6-1 to not place homebuilder Trammel Crow Residential’s request on the city’s annual Comprehensive Plan docket.

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Pastor Tom takes his leave after 38 years of leading services

SNOHOMISH — Spending your life doing something you love sounds like a dream for most people, and Pastor Tom Rohde of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church got to do just that.  
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Clarity for police reform laws is coming; local leaders hope ASAP

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Come January, state legislators will begin cleaning up ambiguities within the slew of police reform bills passed this year to make them clearer to follow. Local jurisdictions have begun sending letters requesting Gov. Jay Inslee call state Legislators into a special session to develop clearer guidance and to push state Attorney General Bob Ferguson to release model policy guidelines sooner. The Snohomish County Council, though, isn’t one of them. A Democratic majority on County Council declined a request from Republican Sam Low and Sheriff Adam Fortney to send a similar letter in a 2-3 vote Sept. 15.

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Providence hospital over-capacity due to COVID

EVERETT — Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, like all hospitals, is grappling with the pressure of higher volumes of hospitalizations caused by the delta variant of COVID-19.
The hospital on Colby has 48 intensive care unit (ICU) beds, but stretched to create more while operating at over-capacity.

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Snohomish to look at addressing Pilchuck Park road entryway, but it won’t be easy

SNOHOMISH — The only entry road to Pilchuck Park will need to be relocated away from where it sits today on an eroding riverbank. That much is a given, from what city engineer Yosh Monzaki explained to the city parks board last week.

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Program helps seniors video-chat with doctors

EVERETT — Communicating with your health provider became difficult during the pandemic. With so many groups of people affected by this, a group of students set out to put doctors within reach using tablets and smartphones.

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Day center on S. Broadway gives women solace while homeless

EVERETT — Two volunteer-staffed groups are reaching out, hand in hand, with some much-needed services for homeless individuals in Snohomish County.

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Now facing mass eviction, residents at The Grand Apartments of Everett cry foul on new owners

EVERETT — Residents of The Grand Apartments, already facing a rent increase by the property’s new owners, Dimension Townhomes, LLC, claim they are now being evicted after complaining to the City of Everett about possible noise and safety violations.

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Ricci making write-in run for Snohomish school board

SNOHOMISH — A write-in candidate for school board has sprung up in the southwestern part of the Snohomish School District. Sarah Ricci is running against Jay Hagen for District 5.

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Blackman Lake facing difficulties for healthy longevity

SNOHOMISH — The lake in the center of Snohomish is struggling. Water clarity is down, phosphorous is increasing. Toxic algae blooms are sometimes seen because these are getting overfed by the fertile water. What can be done?

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